Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Bamboo Organ Concerts Need Money to Continue

Waning Funds May 40-year Bamboo Organ Fest This article Teresa Cerojano of the Associated Press has been picked up by news outlets in most area of the United States. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s an extract and you … Continue reading

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Prelude in D, Sicilian Fantasy, Elmore’s Night Song, & Teddy Bears Go on a Picnic

Greetings, blog readers. I have restrained my love for marches in March this year and offer only one, but it’s really popular. Also, look for another in my attempts in gaining some attention for the music of Robert Elmore (composer … Continue reading

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Balanced Observation on the Organ in Churches

Pipe Organs Hit High Note Despite Challenges You may not have or have had the experience of Katie Scott of The Catholic Herald, but you will enjoy reading her article on the pipe organ and its place in the church … Continue reading

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Painting An Organ?

Pipe Organ Painting Complete Honestly, this one scared me. “Allegheny Restoration & Building, Inc., Morgantown, have been repairing, plastering, and painting the sanctuary walls and ceiling. They are now restoring the façade pipe organ pipes, which were manufactured and installed … Continue reading

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New Bruggeman in Saint-Etienne de Castries

Inauguration of the New Organ in Saint-Etienne de Castries A Cultural and Heritage Challenge: Continue the tradition of great music in the church with beautiful organs designed for centuries. Bravo, Fr Thierry! “The construction of this organ began in the … Continue reading

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A Great Place to Visit

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Sydney Town Hall Organ Restoration Complete (video)

Restoration of Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ Complete In a world where we seem to continue getting more bad news, this is culture-confirming news from Down Under. What a hall, what an auditorium, and they have a municipal organist! “The … Continue reading

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1880s Bergstrom Needs A New Home

Musical Marvel, stuck in County Warehouse, Needs A Home An immigrant from Sweden began building cabinets and then organs in San Francisco, California. The organ in the photo above is one of his last surviving instruments. Read this fine article … Continue reading

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San Francisco Exposition Pipe Organ Exhibit Part 2

San Francisco Exposition Pipe Organ Exhibit Part 2 This post tells about the second part of this excellent project to draw attention to a great organ that has fallen from public sight and in danger of permanent neglect. It is … Continue reading

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This “Pipe Dream” Is Not What You Think

Pipe Dream Organ Fest Will Assist SGS Band-Aids In case you wondered, I do not know if the photographer for the above picture lost his balance or visited the Twilight Zone or was going for the demonically twisted effect. This … Continue reading

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